Volunteers sought for quilt honoring veterans

My Eastern Shore, Maryland


December 11, 2013

CENTREVILLE — The War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration committee is looking for volunteers to submit squares for Quilts of Valor to be presented to wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The quilts will be made in honor of the 20 men who helped defend Queen Anne’s County at Slippery Hill, located between Queenstown and Grasonville, during the War of 1812.

The quilt squares have to be 100 percent cotton fabric of good quality, particularly from a quilt shop, and measure 10.5 inches on each side. The design of the patch should keep with the theme of “selfless service” and itself should be within a ten inch square portion of the larger square so it is not covered by sewing. The squares may have hand-sewn or embroidered names, drawings or designs, but should not include paint.

The deadline for the quilt squares is 5 p.m. on President’s Day, February 17, 2014, and the squares can be sent toMary Margaret Revell Goodwin, P.O. Box 114, Centreville, MD 21617. Goodwin is the chairperson of The War of 1812 Commemoration.

”It’s a huge project,” Goodwin said, noting that finding the material takes time in itself. “I’m hoping that we get hundreds of pieces of material to make into quilts.”

Submission forms must be included with the squares. Forms are available at Queen Anne’s County libraries, town offices and county offices. Next week forms will be available at the offices of veterans and service organizations around the county, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks Clubs.

Every submitted square will be sewn together in a community sew-in in Centreville on February 21 and 22. Goodwin hopes that enough squares will be made to put together three queen-size quilts.

”Until we get enough blocks, we don’t know how many quilts we can make,” Goodwin said. ”I know this county has a such a love for the veterans that they will want to do this project, particularly because these quilts go to wounded veterans.”

Please contact Goodwin at 410-725-6782 with any questions about the project.

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